Three men have been jailed after breaking their way into a house and brutally attacking a man with a hammer and knife on New Year’s Eve.
Miles Bishop, Mohammed Ahmed and Timothy Bodell busted their way into a house on Lammas Street, Carmarthen, Wales, and attacked the victim, leaving him bleeding significantly.
The court heard that the gang covered their faces with balaclavas and used “fake accents” and threatened to stab the victim’s housemate’s dog.
Bishop, 29, Ahmed, 19, and Bodell, 31, fled the scene at around 1am and got into a nearby getaway car but were arrested later that day.
It is unclear what the exact reason for the attack was.
The three were sentenced to a combined 30 years in prison at Swansea Crown Court on Friday.
Dyfed-Powys Police Temporary Detective Sergeant Mathew Nelson said: “This was a particularly nasty incident, which saw the victim suffer significant physical injuries and no doubt ongoing trauma.
“The three men thought up a plan to break into his home while disguised by balaclavas and using fake accents, before threatening to stab his housemate’s dog and attacking him.
“The assault was so brutal that in his initial call to police, the victim’s housemate described there being ‘blood everywhere’ and feared his dog had been killed.
“What followed was a fast-moving operation across the Carmarthenshire division to locate and arrest them.”
An initial response identified a suspect vehicle leaving Carmarthen, and searches were carried out by armed response teams at houses in Burry Port and Llanelli.
Bishop, of Parc Pendre in Kidwelly, and Bodell, of Danlan Road in Pembrey, were arrested at a house in Burry Port.
Mohammed Ahmed, aged 19, of no fixed address, was arrested in Station Road, Llanelli.
Bodell and Ahmed admitted charges of aggravated burglary and were both sentenced to nine years in prison.
Bishop denied the offence and was found guilty following a three-day trial at Swansea Crown Court. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.